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Sleeper sharks in Loch Ness

sleeperLegend has it that large animals or monsters are thought to live in Loch Ness, but Bruce Wright of Alaska Despatch suggests that evidence has been mounting that the Loch Ness monster may, in fact, be a sleeper shark.

According to his recent article, the idea of sharks possibly using Loch Ness is not new, it’s long been one of the hypotheses explaining the Loch Ness Monster, but until now, nobody has suggested sleeper sharks, perhaps because they’re secretive and so rarely seen though those that are, are often consistent with descriptions of the shape and colours of sleeper sharks.

Sleeper sharks can exceed 20 feet and weigh upwards of 4 tons and may use rivers and lakes to find food – Salmon and lots of other prey species have been found in sleeper sharks’ stomachs and there are plenty of salmon and other fish in Loch Ness.

Image © Otto Bismarck Fazzano Gadig

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